Whether spring vacation is upon you, or you already break-ed like a boss, tackle this weekend with gusto. Get a jump start on Easter with an egg hunt or get a sneak peek at Earth Day by filling your weekend with science. Jump in anywhere and live it up because summer will be here before you know it.

photo: Adler Planetarium



Have a Messy Art Party at Bubbles Academy
Head on over for a paint-filled messy-art good time, complete with professional photos from TK Photography, to capture your beautiful masterpieces and the cute paint splattered hands that made them! Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

Be Inspired at Museum of Science and Industry’s Wired to Wear
Wired to Wear showcases how digital technology is transforming clothes to enhance our lives. From making us healthier, stronger and safer to helping us see in the dark, express our emotions or even soar through the air, you’ll see the merging of technology and the human body. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Get your Nature Fix at Peggy Notebaert’s Tree House
Explore the forest canopy—indoors! Set foot into an indoor tree house and explore who and what is living in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. Roam from tree to tree to discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Celebrate our Planet at Adler Planetarium’s Earthfest
Kids of all ages will explore the time scales between weather and climate and examine the science behind climate change. As a family, participate in citizen science projects, view art pieces that spark discussion and meet with climate change experts. Sat. Event details.

From Science Fiction to Science Fact at MSI
Meet NASA innovators with visionary ideas powering new missions to the most extreme environments in and out of our solar system. Sat. Event details.

Attend a Family Festival at Shedd Aquarium
Shedd’s Family Festivals include two hours of up-close animal interactions, creative crafts that participants can take home and activities that get guests partying with a purpose. Sun. Event details.

Grab a Friend for Best Buddies Friendship Walk
Walk, support and celebrate best buddies at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk organized by the Chicago Buddies chapter. The Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sun. Event details.

New East Side

Visit Field Museum’s Pop-Up Dig Site
Field Museum scientists are digging up new discoveries every day! Visit their pop-up experience and explore how researchers are unearthing Cretaceous creatures, identifying new species, helping protect the rainforest and so much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Introduce Your Kids to the Greats at Rock and Roll Playhouse
The Rock and Roll Playhouse showcases the most iconic music in rock history, from The Grateful Dead, Prince, and David Bowie to Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and more, and offers kids the fun of games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out. Sun. Event details.

West Loop

Vertical Egg Hunt at Brooklyn Boulders
Search high, low, up, down and around the walls of Brooklyn Boulders’ 22,000-square-foot facility for hundreds of eggs. Start times will be staggered, so arrive anytime during the 9 a.m.-noon time period for climbing, egg hunts, raffles and prizes. Sat. Event details.



Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo
Every day is Earth Day at this wild, wonderful spot. But once a year, they throw a bash in honor of this big green world. The day is filled with educational and fun activities for the entire family including tree planting, pansy planting, zoo chats, a showcasing of over 40 earth-friendly vendors at Eco Expo and more. Sun. Event details.


Unearth Fest at Chicago Botanic Garden
Best way to learn science is to DO science. Unearth Science Fest features more than 40 hands-on activities, demos and experiments that will help kids explore the natural world. The festival provides a unique opportunity to with Garden scientists who study big issues such as climate change, plant phenology, and how to save pollinators. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Kick Off Spring Shopping at Washington Street Market
Washington Street Market’s spring show will feature talented artisans showcasing vintage, handcrafted and repurposed furniture, jewelry, home accessories, clothing and personal care products and small-batch edibles. Sat. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.